LeEco (formerly known as Letv) made a stunning debut in India with the launch of Le 1s and Le Max back in January this year. The budget Le 1s (review) became hugely popular in its segment and hence LeEco even launched a ‘Made for India’ Le 1s Eco with free one year entertainment membership back in May. However, LeEco India is on a roll and hence they immediately launched the LeEco Le 2, a worthy successor of the Le 1s this June. It will go on pilot flash sale today along with the flagship Le Max2. After using the device for couple of days now, we bring you the unboxing and first impressions of the LeEco Le 2.
LeEco Le 2 Unboxing
The LeEco Le 2 comes in a premium black box, which is quite compact as well. Upon opening the box, we get a unit of Le 2, a TPU soft case, a SIM needle, a Quick Start Guide, a quick wall charger, a USB Type-C cable and a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm adapter. As we all know, the latest LeEco smartphones have ditched the standard 3.5 mm audio jack in favour of their proprietary Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA) audio standard for lossless audio via USB Type-C port, it was important to pack in a free adapter.
LeEco Le 2 First Impressions
The Le 2 is built on the base of its predecessor, the Le 1s. It retains the exceptional build quality of the Le 1s and tries to provide a better seamless experience. Now, lets check out the display. The Le 2 features the same 5.5-inch Full HD in-cell IPS display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is a gorgeous display that has a pixel density of 400 PPI and comes with 500 nits of brightness along with 80% NTSC color gamut. Consuming rich content on this display is a treat to our eyes.
Now talking about the processor, the Indian LeEco Le 2 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor (Quad 1.8 GHz + Quad 1.2 GHz) along with Adreno 510 GPU, whereas the Chinese variant packed in a deca-core MediaTek Helio chipset. This was an excellent move from the LeEco India team since the Snapdragon 652 chipset packs in a lot of raw power. It can handle almost everything that you can throw at it. The device packs in 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, which empowers proper multitasking and the RAM management is significantly better when compared to the Le 1s. It retains the same 32 GB of internal storage (eMMC 5.1), but you still cannot put in a microSD card to expand the storage, which might be a bummer for some users.
Coming to the camera, it rocks a 16 megapixel rear camera and a 8 megapixel front-facing camera. With our initial testing, it looked quite good in day light but it’s not the best when it comes to low-light environments. Hence, we will reserve our final comment for the full review, that will be up by next week. It comes with an unibody metal design which is 7.5 mm thick and weighs only 153 grams. The device feels very comfortable to hold and is in fact lighter than the Le 1s.
The performance of LeEco Le 2 has improved substantially compared to the Le 1s, since it runs on the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS. However, we still get the in-house EUI 5.8 on top of it, but it feels well optimized and the UI is smooth. More on the software in our full review. We have the usual 4G LTE support, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual Band), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and USB Type-C as connectivity options and all of them works fine.
The Le 2 retains the mirror-surfaced fingerprint sensor at the back and it really performs well, like any other top-notch fingerprint sensor in the market. We also get an Infrared sensor, which comes in really handy when you cannot find the remote control of your TV or AC. The phablet also retains the 3,000 mAh battery under the hood that supports fast charging. It is good enough to get you through a long day but more on it in our full review.
The USP of this device is its new Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA) audio standard for lossless audio via USB Type-C port. “It is the future of audio and we should embrace it with open arms” was our reaction after trying it out. More information on the same in our full review next week.
With one year of free LeEco entertainment membership worth Rs 4,990, LeEco has got its ecosystem game on track and is certainly providing more value. So, we would certainly give a green signal, in case you would like to buy a LeEco Le 2 smartphone today (first flash sale on June 28), since you also get attractive launch day offers and a free Type-C CDLA earphone worth Rs 1990. However, in case you’re still on the fence, wait for our full review.